Flower Power

Yesterday my mum and I went to see three gorgeous gardens. Kenilworth, famous for Robert Dudley’s Kenilworth Castle, is my home-town and where my parents still live. Yesterday was an annual event where several Kenilworth residents open their amazing gardens to the public to raise money for charity.

We just visited three of the gardens, but all of these clearly illustrated their owners’ incredible dedication and hard work…far more than I could ever put into a garden! So today’s post is all about flowers! I was playing with my mum’s camera which has such a lovely lens, the flowers came out brilliantly.

Don’t ask me what any of them are, I can only identify roses and foxgloves. If anyone can enlighten me on what the purple globe ones are, I would love to know as they are fantastic!

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Not stash busting

I have a long list of things that I need to make but yesterday some fabric arrived…and well, I couldn’t resist!

It’s my friend’s daughter’s first birthday next weekend and I can’t make the party, so I wanted to make a little birthday present to drop around this weekend. I saw the perfect thing on the purl bee blog a few weeks ago….gathered summer tops. I got some liberty fabrics from Ray Stitch and the were soooo lovely; pretty print and super soft.

So last night I stayed up late and made three!

Birthday gathered tops
Birthday gathered tops

I made two for the birthday girl and one for my little God-daughter, just because, well because she’s my God-daughter.

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They were very simple to sew up and I can’t wait to see them on the little ladies!

Now back to the stash…

New kid on the block?

So…the first good post? Tricky one. Like many others I have started this blog to track my progress in teaching myself to sew, knit and make stuff! If nothing else I hope to look back at these first few posts in a few years and say ‘Wow I am so much better now than I was then!’. Hopefully some other people will also read and enjoy this blog just as I enjoy reading others blogs. I read so many now that it’s actually hard to get in much book reading!

When I first started thinking about writing a blog (and named it), I was knitting, knitting, knitting. Since then I have upgraded to knitting, sewing, knitting….here’s a sum up of past projects:a5f24a7e-9348-4734-91a1-a9de9462ea22wallpaperFrom top left, clockwise: Wool and the Gang’s Diana top, Baby Ella Blanket &  Baby booties, Wool and the Gang’s Woolitz & Mary Sweater.baa3e305-4915-4acd-bc4c-2c5caefc5072wallpaperWool and the Gang’s Zion Lion for Kids x 4!
The hats were put to good use by these little monkeys over a cold Christmas season..ca6ccb57-3d29-4dfc-a8f0-089133c05137wallpaperFrom top left, clockwise: Isabella wearing Wool and the Gang’s Zion Lion for Kids, Julietta wearing Wool and the Gang’s Zion Lion for Kids, Julietta and Rory having a stand off.807678b5-a076-49a4-9795-855f3069e5cdwallpaperFrom top left, clockwise: Wool and the Gang’s Sugar Ray Mittens, Wool and the Gang’s Snood dog for kids, Wool and the Gang’s Tala tank top & the beginnings of my stash.
Well that’s a selection…I have been pretty busy…but I think that’s enough for one post. Next one will be sewing projects!

If anyone is reading this please let me know if you know of any decent collage-making websites. I have tried a few today but I only want simple, clean-looking plain collages and I want to upload pictures from my computer and from Instagram.

Any help would be welcome!!